COVID-19 Pandemic

Listen To Our Episodes On COVID-19 Pandemic

With India entering a critical phase in the fight against this pandemic, we are amplifying our coverage of this outbreak. Here is a list of episodes we have produced so far which looks at what COVID-19 is, what we know so far about it and India’s preparedness; how health inequities and access to health matter in times of pandemic; what social distancing potentially means for the poor of India.

Mar 13, 2021

Why ethics committees are key to good clinical trials
The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us the need for good clinical trials in India – they help us figure out treatments that work and ones that don’t. But some of these studies have been marred by reports of ethical...

25 mins

Jan 31, 2021

Masks and sanitisers - how sex workers survived the COVID-19 pandemic
It has been a year since the pandemic began. Sex workers across India are scrambling to get back on their feet. They are slowly resuming work with various safety measures, although income is nowhere near the sa...

32 mins

Jan 29, 2021

A year on, what the pandemic has taught us about our health systems
Exactly a year ago, on January 30, 2020 the World Health Organisation declared that the Covid-19 outbreak is a public health emergency of international concern. We have all suffered a year of the pandemic now a...

26 mins

Jan 18, 2021

Why a Covaxin Controversy in Bhopal is worrying trial participants, activists and experts
Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin is one of the two Indian vaccines being administered to healthcare workers as India embarks on the world’s largest inoculation drive. Health experts have expressed concerns as hundreds...

32 mins

Dec 29, 2020

Vaccinating against COVID-19: Has the vaccine development been a fair and transparent process?
This is the second episode in the two-part series on developing COVID-19 vaccines for the Suno India show. In the first episode of the series, we discussed the different stages of clinical trials and how the va...

28 mins

Dec 29, 2020

Vaccinating against COVID-19: How did we get so many vaccines so fast?
The Indian government is gearing up for mass COVID-19 vaccinations. The question foremost on everyone’s minds are how were they developed so fast. The first episode of this two-part series for the Suno India Sh...

17 mins

Dec 19, 2020

COVID19: Depressed incomes, increased hunger reveals Right to Food Campaign’s Hunger Watch Report
The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the situation of hunger in the country. A short survey conducted by the Right to Food Campaign titled ‘The Hunger Watch” reveals that people continue to have depressed incomes...

23 mins

Nov 30, 2020

New births, calmer animals: stories of lockdown from Hyderabad zoo
The mid-March declaration of COVID-19 pandemic was accompanied by several changes in the zoos around the world. Same was the case with Nehru Zoological Park of Hyderabad.  The staff of the Nehru Zoological Park...

22 mins

Nov 28, 2020

Indian Economy Explained: Role of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME)s in India’s Economy
In a developing country like India, MSMEs are the backbone of the economy. The MSME sector contributes to 45% of India’s Total Industrial Employment, 50% of India’s Total Exports and 95% of all industrial units...

28 mins

Oct 31, 2020

Kashmir’s economy in shambles due to prolonged lockdown
On August 5, 2019, the Central government abrogated article 370 of the Indian constitution that gave the state of Jammu and Kashmir its autonomy. The Indian government also issued a military-style lockdown and...

18 mins